People

Jacques ABELMAN 

is a designer and researcher who envisions the future city through the potential of landscape. His research and built work seeks to weave together spatial design, social justice, and food systems into the fabric of public space and infrastructure. He is active in Europe, South America, and the United States. His research and teaching focus on multi-functional green infrastructure systems, urban agroforestry, infrastructural ecology, and the emerging field of landscape democracy. www.groundcondition.com

Dan ABRAMSON

is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. He has been active in the PacRim Network since 2002 and organized the Network’s 2007 conference in Quanzhou, China. He has researched and practiced urban and rural community planning, design, and development for housing, historic preservation, disaster recovery, and hazard mitigation in Massachusetts and Washington States, USA; Vancouver, Canada; Fujian, Guangdong, and Sichuan provinces, China; and Kobe, Japan.

Shin AIBA  

is a professor of Tokyo Metropolitan University, Department of Urban System Sciences. His major is city planning and community design, and he works for some communities and local municipalities as a planner or supervisor. One of his major project is series of community development projects in Tsuruoka city since 1996. He is the author of “Folding up a city (2015 Kadensha in Japanese)” which discussed a problem of shrinking city in Japan. Website

Rachel BERNEY

is Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the Univesity of Washinton, Seattle. Her interests focus on sustainable development and livability at the neighborhood level.

Graeme BRISTOL 

is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Architecture and Human Rights, a Canadian foundation advancing a rights-based approach to development in the practice architecture, engineering and planning. He has written in a number of publications about housing, cultural, and environmental rights as well as other rights relating to architecture and development. He holds a Masters in architecture from the University of British Columbia and an LLM in human rights law from Queen’s University Belfast.

Shenglin CHANG

is Professor and Director of the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University. Born in Taiwan, she has developed and implemented innovative approaches to public involvement in environmental issues through civic arts, community design participation, and social-political activism.

Wallace CHANG Ping Hung

is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong.  He is both an architectural practitioner and theorist on urban design, cultural conservation and community participation. His latest research in Harvard focuses on the cultural identity issue during the urban transformation process in southern Chinese cities and the Pearl River Delta region.

 Caroline CHEN

received her PhD in Environmental Planning and Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines how seniors spontaneously improvise group dancing – such as yangge, hiphop and disco – in interstitial spaces in order to achieve health, happiness and active aging in contemporary Beijing. She holds a BA in Art Practice and German, and a MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Im Sik CHO  

is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore where she serves as the leader for urban studies research and teaching. Her research focuses on the social dimension of sustainable development and community design / participatory planning. Recent publications: Re-framing Urban Space: Urban Design for Emerging Hybrid and High-Density Conditions (2016, Routledge) and Community-based Urban Development: Evolving Urban Paradigms in Singapore and Seoul (2017, Springer). Website

Keng Hua CHONG 

is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he leads the Social Urban Research Groupe and co-leads the Opportunity Lab. He is also the Partner of COLOURS: Collectively Ours, a design consultancy specializing in collaborative public space design, and immediate past President of ReallyArchitecture (re:ACT), a society advocating socially sustainable architecture. He is currently working on various research and design projects related to ageing, livability, public space and participatory community design. Website

Rex CURRY 

has twenty years of experience in the urban planning and community development field.  He specializes in community-based planning, neighborhood market analysis, and historic preservation. He also consults on the planning and development of community design centers in universities and economically distressed communities. As the former President of the national Association for Community Design, Inc. (ACD), he furthered its development in representing a combination of advocacy planning and architectural practices in the United States.  

Yeong-tyi Timothy DAY

is Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at Chun Yuan Christian University. His researches apply Cultural Ecology to spatial studies in a broad scale such as national land planning, site planning, and permaculture. Now he is studying how to use Ethnographical field method to uncover the local knowledge, which should become permaculture design foundation for certain community in remote area.

Jim DIERS 

has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. Since moving to Seattle in 1976, he put that passion to work for a direct-action neighborhood association, a community development corporation, a local foundation, Group Health Cooperative, and the City of Seattle where he served as founding director of the Department of Neighborhoods. Jim now shares the lessons from that work in his courses at the University of Washington; in international consulting; and in his book, Neighbor Power. Website

Christian DIMMER

earned his PhD in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo. As a JSPS post-doctoral fellow he researched on the ‘politics of public space’ at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies of the University of Tokyo. As urban design consultant he has collaborated with architectural firms such as Arata Isozaki & Associates, and property developers like Mitsubishi Estate Inc. He is co-founder of the Tokyo chapter of the design-led charitable disaster response organisation, Architecture For Humanity and teaches courses on sustainable urbanism, public space, mega-cities and planning theory at Waseda University and works as research associate at the University of Tokyo.

Kathleen DORGAN 

FAIA, LEED-AP is an architect and urban planner who specializes in sustainable participatory community design and development including arts-based placemaking, high-performance housing, main street revitalization, green initiatives, resilience and technical assistance. A Harvard Loeb Fellow and a past chair of AIA Housing, the Association for Community Design and the AIA Housing and HUD Secretary’s Awards Juries, she is a Connecticut Housing Finance Authority Board member and an active volunteer, speaker, instructor and writer about incremental community transformation. Website

Mark FRANCIS 

is a landscape architect, community designer, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis.

Myriam FORSTEL 

is Senior Research Assistant at City University Hong Kong. Finishing an MA in Urban Management. Interested in public space.

Taichi GOTO 

is President of Region Works LLC. His practice focuses on urban management, public private partnership, community business and innovation economy.

Mayumi HAYASHI

is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Hyogo in Japan.  She also belongs to Awaji Landscape and Planning Horticulture Academy. Her research and practice focuses on community design, educational program, activism, and the history and cultural background.  Her most recent projects include a town management in the city of Awajisima, park management in Awaji Isand, and educational programming for mature people.

Yasuyoshi HAYASHI

is a planner, founded consulting firm in Tokyo in 1969. Now he is a director of a community-based NPO he established with residents in neighborhood where he lives. His research and practice focuses on community development, participatory planning and related law system and social system of the National and local governments. He has worked for promoting non-profit sector in Japan and at the same time he is supporting the various activities of non-profit groups working for community development and revitalization.

Randolph T. HESTER

is a founder of the participatory design movement in landscape architecture.  He is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California Berkeley, and a partner in the firm Community Development by Design.  He is an award-winning landscape architect, acclaimed for his designs in complex environments, from wetlands to chaparral canyons, from small towns to central cities and economically depressed communities.

Margarita HILL

is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  She has taught community planning and design for over 15 years in Maryland, Seattle, California and as visiting lecturer in Israel, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Spain. Her research program attempts to assist grassroots development practices that protect the environment and make wise use of resources while supporting the ability of stakeholders to mobilize and focus their resources on local problem solving efforts.  Her more recent efforts include the support of community revitalization efforts in the Gateway Communities of Prince George’s County through design, planning and research.  She is currently conducting research on the Best Practices for Sustainable Development Program of the United Nations.

Jeff HOU 

is Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Washington in Seattle.  His research and practice focuses on community design, design activism, and public space and democracy. In a career that spans the Pacific, he has worked with indigenous communities, fishing villages, and rural townships in Taiwan, as well as inner-city youths and ethnic communities in the United States. Through the Pacific Rim network, he has developed projects that focus on cross-cultural collaboration and comparison of participatory practices.

 Shu-Mei HUANG 

is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning at National Taiwan University. Her research draws attention to place-making in times of crisis – the ways in which people confront displacement by human-made disasters and/or natural disasters, and after crisis – how dark places and memories are remade to serve the future. She is currently working on a book project that explores the ways in which defunct prisons are turned into memorial landscapes in East Asia. Her other research interests lie in illustrating carescapes in globalizing cities.

Antonio ISHMAEL

is a community development practitioner.  Graduated from Berkeley and MIT, Antonio has extensive experiences in slum improvement, urban development, and poverty alleviation projects in neighborhoods in various cities and villages in Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.  The projects were all based on a “stakeholder participatory planning” approach, or “co –development.”  Antonio received the UNDP’s Best Practices and the Aga Khan Award for two of his projects.

Jing JIN 

is a PhD candidate of the Tokyo Metropolitan University, Department of Urban System Sciences. Her majors are urban planning and community design. She is specialized in creating opportunities to promote academic research and cross-cultural exchanges in the East Asian communities. Since 2014, she has been hosting community design study tours in Japan, to support and engage overseas students, experts and people who have interests.

Kyung A KANG

is a PhD student in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Seoul National University. His interests focus on sustainable development.

Min Jay KANG

is Associate Professor at the Graduate Institure of Building and Planning, Natinal Taiwan University. His research and practice focuses on dialectics in cultural landscape, creative sustainability, identity politics and ‘artivism,’ representation of landscape in arts and literature, urban design, and landscape narratives. His most recent projects include a comprehensive survey and planning for Taipei’s cultural landscape, interpretation and construction of landscape narratives for a waterfront settlement, and action planning for the Treasure Hill squatters in Taipei’s Gong Guan district.

Shu Jen KAO

worked with the NTU Building & Planiing Research Foundation in Taiwan for many years. He has been living in Beijing for more than 3 years, observing some interesting participatory community events there.

Sean KEITHLY

is an urban planner focused on community-based land use planning and development, economic development, and sustainability strategy. His planning career began as an intern for the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) in Seoul. After receiving his Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Washington, he worked as a consultant for KRIHS and the Urban Land Institute. He is currently an urban planner at CollinsWoerman, a Seattle-based Architecture and Planning firm. 

Mintai KIM

is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech. His current teaching and research interest include Feng Shui as a tool of site planning, environmental planning, quantitative methods and international landscape architecture focusing on megacities of the third world. Through his megacity project, he promotes exchange of knowledge between the first world and the third world scholars of megacities. (megacitysite.com)

Isami KINOSHITA

is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Chiba University, Japan.  His research and practice focus on community design, children’s participation, urban open space design and legal planning system. He and his colleagues were the first in Japan to develop three-generation maps as a community design method by interviewing three generations of people who grew up in one community.  He is active in many projects in different areas, including the neighborhood where he lives and the project of the Web-based collaborative design studio with UW was practiced recently.

Yekang KO

is a PhD Candidate in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at University of California, Berkeley. Since 2008, Yekang has been working on developing ecological land use plans and eco-tourism strategies for Ganghwa Island and Songdo International City in South Korea. She also investigated the potential environmental and social impact of Incheon’s large-scale tidal power plants on endangered birds’ habitats and local communities. Her works are based on environmental science, planning, design, policy, and active collaboration with local NGOs and residents. Yekang has taught about these projects in the Environmental Planning Studio at UC Berkeley from 2009 to 2011 with Randy Hester and Marcia McNally.

Hideki KOIZUMI 

is Professor at research unit for Collaborative Community Design, Planning, and Management in University of Tokyo. He is an expert in both collaborative planning and sustainable community design management. He made a great contribution to the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. He is currently involved in community revitalization projects in small cities and suburban neighborhoods, such as Obuse Town in Nagano prefecture and Yokohama City in Tokyo region. Website

 I-Chun KUO

worked in pristine Taiwan countryside government constructing eco-tunnels for crabs and doing rail-to-trail projects for 4 years, after receiving bachelor of horticultural science in Taiwan University and master of landscape architecture from U. C. Berkeley. She is now studying again, diving into biblical theology, trying to know more about God, people and the environment-their origins, values, interaction; tension forming resilience between time and space, culture and nature, the Godly and worldly. She believes that environmentalists and missionaries are kindred.

Naomichi KURATA

is Professor of Urban Design at Kogakuin University and an urban designer who runs an urban planning and design firm, Studio Urban House in Tokyo. His research and practice focuses on urban design methodology, planning and design of public spaces, sustainable community and downtown revitalization, His most recent projects include planning and design of station plazas and streets in Moriya City, Komatsu City, Saitama City and Shimada City, downtown revitalization of Jiyugaoka, Chino City, and Sapporo City, International Urban Design and Planning Workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and (English-Japanese) Dictionary of Urban Planning for International Professionals.

Michael K. C. LAI

is the Chief Executive Officer of St. James’ Settlement (a welfare, education and urban renewal NGO in Hong Kong). Educated in Hong Kong with a social sciences background, Michael has worked in the welfare field for over 30 years and sat on a number of important government advisory committee in welfare and urban Planning. He is currently a Board member of the Urban Renewal Authority, HK and since 1999 a member of the Town Planning Board. His organization is a strong advocate in community planning and it co-organized the last Conference in Hong Kong in 2002.

Laura LAWSON

is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Rutgers University.  She served on the executive committee of the East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP), which engages students and faculty in interdisciplinary, service-learning projects with neighborhood groups in East St. Louis, Illinois.  Her teaching and research interests include community design, urban environmental-design history and practice, environmental justice, and participatory design and planning.  Her book, City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America, will be published by the University of California Press in 2005.

Yu-Chung LI 

is a registered Landscape Architect in California. He is interested in design process and the role of designer in various practices. He currently lives in Oakland, California and works on landscape projects in bay area, Taiwan and China.

Kuei-Hsien LIAO 

is a doctoral candidate in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, at University of Washington. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and a BA in Economic from National Taiwan University. Her interests include sustainability landscape design and planning, urban design, design theory, and historic preservation.

John K.C. LIU

is an architect practicing participatory community design in Taiwan at the National Taiwan University Building and Planning Research Foundation.  He is also a professor at the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning at NTU.  His interests are cross-cultural issues in design, methods of collaboration in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural settings, and community participation.  Currently he is on leave from NTU and is teaching at the Tsinghua Univeristy in Beijing.

Marcia J. McNALLY

is Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and a partner in the firm Community Development by Design.  Her work centers on three issues: what actions can participants take to achieve sustainable outcomes; what are the tools to enable citizens to make informed decisions; and what characteristics of community design work are shared across the Pacific Rim.

Namiko MINAI 

is Associate Professor, Department of Housing and Architecture, Japan women’s University. She is active in communities, including Zoshigaya, Tokyo, Ikuta Ryokuchi park, and Toyoma, Iwaki, Fukushima. Website

Shuichi MURAKAMI

is Instructor of Landscape Architecture at Kyoto University.  His research focuses on landscape design. As a member of Kyoto University team, he has been working on a 250 years old weir of the Yoshino River at Shikoku, Japan since 2002, trying to find out its attractiveness as waterfront space as well as its significance in the region through observing how people act on and around the weir.

Sawako ONO

is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Chiba University.   Her research focuses on history of garden and open spaces.  Her most recent projects include a study of natural environment re-creation and effective use of abandoned coastal industrial site.  In this project she took part of historical study of seashore as sacred place that affected Japanese culture in many ways.

Sohyun PARK

is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. Her research interests include preservation planning, community and street design, walkable neighborhoods, as well as downtown revitalization. She and her students are currently working on the refinement of participatory processes and design tools in neighborhood plan makings and on the development of neighborhood walkability measures. The projects recently conducted by her lab include a neighborhood pocket park in Sungsan-dong, Seoul; development of family-friendly neighborhood concepts and measuring elements; and preliminary review of neighborhood characteristics reflecting walkability in Seoul’s old residential areas. She used to teach at the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning, before she joined the Seoul National University.

Michael RIOS

is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of California, Davis. His research focuses on citizen participation in the public sphere, governance and institutions, and community design pedagogy. Current collaborations include the US/Brazil Consortium on Sustainable Urban Design and Rebuilding After Katrina Using Local Resources.

Lee ROBERTS 

is PhD student in Urban Design at the University of Tasmania. Research on urban rail trails – loose space, community activism, and public space in post-industrial sites.

Henry SANOFF 

Professor Emeritus, College of Design, North Carolina State University is known for his books—Democratic Design, Community Participation in Design and Planning, Visual Research Methods in Design, School Building Assessment Methods, and Schools Designed with Community Participation. He is the former USA editor of the Journal of Design Studies, and the principal founder of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). He has been a visiting lecturer at more than 85 institutions in the USA and abroad. Website

Joo-Young SIM 

is PhD Candidate/Researcher of Urban Landscape Planning and Design Lab, Department of Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, with a master in landscape architecture and bachelor of science in architecture. Research focuses on sustainable planning and management of public open space and park, community-based regional planning, and governance and civic network for urban regeneration

Kin Wai Michael SIU

is Chair Professor of Public Design and Leader of Public Design Lab. He has been Fulbright Scholar at MIT, ASIA Fellow at NUS and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and the University of Cambridge. His research interests are in public design, user reception, participatory design, inclusive design. Website

TAN Beng Kiang 

is a registered architect and Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, School of Design & Environment, National University of Singapore. A strong advocate of participatory community design, she has led many Design Studio projects with user-centric and community engagement design approach in Singapore and overseas (Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand). Her interests are in Participatory Community Design & Planning, Service Learning applied through design, Community Development projects in poor community of Asian cities, Design for Aging, Social and Environmental Sustainability Public Housing forms and Learning Environments.

 Hendrik TIEBEN 

is an architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). At CUHK, he serves as the Director of the M.Sc. in Urban Design program and Assistant Director of the B.S.Sc. in Urban Studies program. His research focuses on the study of emerging urban forms and spaces in Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta. His project “Magic Carpet – Re-envisioning Community Space”, developed in collaboration with the School of Journalism and Communication at CUHK, aims to empower local residents to re-build their communities. Website

 Elaine WONG 

is a teaching fellow in the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has been leading social design research projects and supervising students’ final year projects since 2013. Her research interest lies in inclusive design, participatory design, public design and creativity.

Takayoshi YAMAMURA

is a Lecturer of Heritage Tourism Planning & Management at Kyoto Saga University of Arts, Japan. He is also a Joint researcher of Heritage Tourism at The National Museum of Ethnology, Japan. His study major is regional development and tourism policy making of Japan and China.

Ching-fen YANG 

received her Doctoral degree from Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University, Taiwan. She is a planner and researcher. Ching-fen is interested in school building, environmental psychology, cooperative community, and anything new and fun.

Perry YANG

is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture at Georgia Tech. Perry’s current research focuses on ecologically sustainable city, urban simulation and 3D GIS. Through studio work, field survey and consultant work, he is also interested in the radical transformation of cities in East Asian and South East Asia. Recent works include downtown urban design at Singapore’s Clemenceau Corridor, industrial redevelopment of Singapore’s Kallang Basin and the master plan of new city center at the city of Pekanbaru, Capital of Riau Province of Indonesia.

Tianxin ZHANG

is Associate Professor in Department of Urban & Regional Planning, College of Environmental Sciences, Peking University. His research focuses on urban design, landscape planning and national park planning. His recent works includes researches on waterfront landscape, waterfront neighborhood land use, and conservation of cultural landscape. Some of the projects he is currently involved include a detailed plan for a little town and a master plan for a national park. He teaches Urban Design in Peking University.

Kyung-Jin ZOH

was born in Seoul, studied landscape architecture at Seoul National University and completed his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Art. He was a former professor of the University of Seoul between 1996 and 2007. He is now a chairperson at the department of landscape architecture in Graduate School of Environment Studies, Seoul National University. He has edited many books on contemporary landscape in Korea. He has also participated in several public landscape projects. He won the design competition for Seoul Forest Park with Dongsimwon Landscape Design.

* Not a complete list.